Underwater Alexa 65 Hydroflex

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The HydroFlex ALEXA 65 has been underwater working on the VFX sequences of a major motion picture. HydroFlex’s Pete Romano, ASC worked closely with ARRI Rental Group’s Neil Fanthom and John Duclos during the design phase of the underwater housing construction. Two housings and cameras worked flawlessly (no leaks :) during production. read more…

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Sci-Tech Awards Announced

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Congratulations to Leica and Tiffen. They will receive a Sci-Tech Awards from the Motion Picture Academy (aka Scientific and Technical Oscars) on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Here is the official AMPAS announcement: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 21 scientific and technical achievements represented by 58 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. read more…

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EMITified AJA CION

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AJA presented their new CION 35mm Digital Camera at the ASC last night, and is conducting hands-on demos in Hollywood today. The first CIONs are now in Paris and EMIT is busy accessorizing. Here are pictures of their Emitized/ Pagified / Chroszielized/Transvideoified/Ronfordized/Cookeified AJA CION. read more…

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AJA CION Factory Tour

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I visited AJA headquarters in Grass Valley, CA recently for a tour of the factory where they build the new CION 35mm digital camera.  Here’s a free 12-page PDF about that factory visit. There’s also an in depth interview with AJA President Nick Rashby and CION Design Jon Thorn. It is a sneak peek preview and part of our next, upcoming issue…Download the free 12-page PDF…

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Curved, Thin, 8K, and HDR at CES

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CES 2015 was about flat panel TV displays. Almost every major player had an 8K prototype. They were very good. And yes indeed, you can see the difference. They will be not only in homes, but also in museums, medical schools, hospitals,… read more…

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EMMY for Sony Pres. Kazuo Hirai

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Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Corporation, was awarded the EMMY Technology & Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. He was introduced by Chris Dodd, former Senator, currently Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Mr. Hirai graciously accepted the awarded with a wry reflection on Sony’s recent hacking ordeal. He noted how the Christmas holidays can be a stressful time–but certainly not as bad as his. read more…

EMMY for Sony Multi-Format Camera

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On January 8, Hiroshi Kiriyama was awarded a Technology & Engineering EMMY. Mr. Kiriyama is General Manager of Sony’s Content Creation Professional Design Team, responsible for professional camera development, including the F55. read more…

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Larry Thorpe EMMY

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Canon Senior Fellow Larry Thorpe got the Charles F. Jenkins EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan 8. The award was a highlight of the 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards ceremony in Las Vegas during CES. read more…

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Dariusz Wolski, ASC on AngenZooms

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Dariusz Wolski, ASC attended film school in Lodz, Poland. Then he went to New York, tried to get a job, worked as a camera assistant and moved to L.A. where he started in music videos, commercials, and movies. His many credits include recently released “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” directed by Ridley Scott. He is currently working on “The Martian” in Budapest. 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of Angénieux. To kick off the New Year, here’s an interview we did with Dariusz the other day. His comments on working with zooms are very interesting. This is  part of FDTimes’ work-in-progress “History of Angénieux” Booklet. read more…

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AJA CION Ships Today

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AJA CION 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Production Camera is now shipping. CION was designed by people who worked as cameramen. It is ergonomic and extremely lightweight. CION shoots  4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD. It records in-camera to the Apple ProRes family of codecs, including 12-bit ProRes 444, on economical AJA Pak SSD media up to 4K/60p. CION also provides outputs for AJA Raw HFR at up to 4K/120p. AJA says that CION is the only 4K/UltraHD camera capable of capturing internally to 12-bit ProRes 444. read more…

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Theo van de Sande, ASC on VariCam 35

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This is an interview with Theo van de Sande, ASC on his first experience with the Panasonic VariCam 35 camera. He said, “I worked with it for seven days. I love the idea of shooting simultaneously in 4K and 2K or proxy inside the camera itself. Immediately, I worked with the 5000 ISO setting because one of our locations was a very dark bookstore in downtown LA. Shooting at 5000 ISO was “crazy.” It’s a completely different ball game. Your eyes are not used to it and we cinematographers are not used to it. I had to adapt very quickly to this new, low light level.” read more…

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Hawk V-Plus Vintage ’74 45-90 T2.9

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Vantage introduced their new Hawk V-Plus Vintage ’74 Front Anamorphic Zoom Lens 45-90mm/T 2.9 at Camerimage. It is one of the few front anamorphic zooms on the market — providing glorious oval bokehs and the ever-popular look of front anamorphic lenses, along with vintage low contrast, flares, aberrations, vintage coatings — all in a modern mechanical housing that works with the latest accessories, matteboxes, and lens controls. read more…

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Band Pro Expo Spaghetti Western

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The theme at Band Pro’s 2014 Open House and Expo was “Spaghetti Westerns.” The food was Italian inspired. Yes, there was spaghetti. The models in the hay-strewn camera shooting gallery were garbed in Franco Nero ponchos and Italian Western outfits. The center of attention was wonderful Enzo G. Castellari, Director of Keoma, One Dollar Too Many, Seven Winchesters for a Massacre, Go Kill and Come Back, the original Inglorious Bastards, numerous spaghetti westerns, macaroni combat films, and inspiration and friend of Quentin Tarantino. read more…

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Canon 7D Mk II and 70D on Broadway

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Last week Mark Forman was invited to a Canon Press Event hosted by Broadway star Andrew Scott Rannells (“Girls,” “New Normal,” and as Elder Price in the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.” He won a Grammy for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in… read more…

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Denny and Otto

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Denny Clairmont and Otto Nemenz at the ARRI Alexa 65 Hollywood Launch.

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BSC Operators Night

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Operators Night was originally instigated as an opportunity for BSC Cinematographers to celebrate the achievements and companionship of their creative team members. Operators are alive and kicking in the British film industry and this annual occasion is intended as a token of respect and gratitude by the Cinematographers for whom they have worked.

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Alexa 65 Launch in Hollywood

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There were gasps of wonder and OMG tweets at the ARRI Alexa 65 screening last night. It was a fitting Hollywood venue for the official worldwide launch of the camera. The 65mm digital camera’s 6K images were projected on a 4K projector in the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy. These were the very halls where it had been agreed a while ago that film would not be replaced by digital until it looked as good–or better. This was better. read more…

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AbelCine 25th Anniversary NYC

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AbelCine celebrated 25 years in New York. The place was packed. Seminars, raffles, auctions, demos, and discussions.

The major companies presented their equipment and latest developments. There were some notable first sightings. Jean-Marc Bouchut showed what I think is the first Angenieux 30-72 sS Anamorphic Zoom in the USA. There was a nice memory lane in the showroom with an early Aaton LTR and A-minima — along with many of the first users swapping tales and checking who had the lowest serial numbers. Food was fine and plentiful. Drinks flowed faster than workflow. Colleagues reconnected faster than an HMI re-strike. Congratulations Pete and Rich Abel and all the AbelCine family, friends, and staff. – continues with pictures – read more…

FDTimes in 5 Languages

Film and Digital Times now comes in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Click on the International Editions links at the top right of any page. So far, the international edition PDFs are free downloads. Enjoy.  

BSC Bert Easey Award to Angénieux

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Thales Angénieux got the British Society of Cinematographers Bert Easey Technical Award at the annual BSC Operators Night on Friday, November 28, 2014. The award is named in honor of Bert Easey, who was head of the camera department at Denham and Pinewood Studios in 1947,… read more…

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